Talking Indonesia: civil liberties

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Dr Ken Setiawan is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute.

Indonesia has seen a decline in state violence since the collapse of the New Order and the transition to democracy. But non-state violence, particularly toward members of minority communities, appears to have increased. This has contributed to restriction of civil liberties and poses challenges for democratic reform in Indonesia.

 

Which specific rights have come under threat and which groups are behind attacks? To what extent is the violence that has emerged different from that witnessed under the authoritarian New Order regime? How has civil society responded and what prospects are there for change?

 

In this edition of Talking Indonesia, I discuss these issues and more with Budi Hernawan, research fellow at the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith Dialogue and Peace at University of Indonesia.

 

Talking Indonesia is a fortnightly podcast presenting extended interviews with experts on Indonesian politics, foreign policy, language, culture and more. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen to the entire Talking Indonesia podcast via Stitcher.

 


Photo by Novrian Arbi for Antara Photo.